In May, producer Greg Kurstin and singer-songwriter Inara George announced their plans to release their fourth studio album as indie pop project The Bird and the Bee, and introduced the collection’s dreamy first cut Will You Dance.
With its 17 July release date now just a fortnight away, the longtime friends have premiered two new songs from the record – the breezy title track Recreational Love and the romantic and playful love letter to their home city, Los Angeles. If it’s sweet intoxication you’re after, you’re clearly in the right place.
Although it’s been five years since their last record – a compilation interpreting the songs of Halls & Oates – came out, the duo’s website makes it clear that this isn’t a comeback as such – more a case of the delayed inevitable finally coming to fruition, with Inara noting that the pair never really stopped recording and songwriting together.
“We didn’t mean to take so long but life ended up getting in the way, in a great way,” she says, whilst Greg draws upon the creative benefits that they were allowed as a result of the extended hiatus. “We let ourselves try out things that we might normally be scared to do, knowing the other person would always have our back,” he says before adding “It’s great to have that freedom of, ‘Let’s see how far we can push this.’
With Inara also fronting the indie-folk group Living Sisters, and Greg now high on the list of pop’s most wanted producers, it’s unsurprising that they’ve needed to take their time, but the new material is well worth the wait. Early indications suggest that we’re in for a softer, more enchanting sound, with the heavily textured electronics of their early material making way for gentler, but equally as charming, playful electronic arrangements that play to the strengths of Inara’s dreamy harmonies.
All three songs mentioned here are now available as instant downloads, if you preorder Recreational Love before its release next month. Here’s the iTunes link and scroll down for the full tracklist.
Recreational Love tracklist:
- Young And Dumb
- Recreational Love
- Will You Dance?
- Please Take Me Home
- Los Angeles
- We’re Coming For You
- Lovey Dovey